ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — It was a feel-good story while it lasted: Harvard quarterback gets the Buffalo Bills off to a surprising start and is rewarded with lucrative contract extension.
A year later, Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to only look at his inconsistent production and losing record to understand why the national attention and colorful "Fitz-Magic" references have disappeared, replaced instead by questions about his future.
And general manager Buddy Nix didn't need to go public last week in expressing a desire to draft a "franchise quarterback" in order to get Fitzpatrick's attention.
The eighth-year NFL journeyman and former seventh-round draft pick knows quarterbacks "have to win games or else."
The Bills (3-5) and Fitzpatrick find themselves at a crossroad in preparing to play at AFC East rival New England (5-3), where Buffalo's lost 11 straight.